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Kentucky Derby Chocolate Pecan Pie

This Kentucky Derby pie recipe, chockful of pecans and chocolate, is a long-standing tradition among Kentucky Derby fans. While decadently delicious, it’s an easy pie to make all year long.

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The Kentucky Derby celebrates the best of thoroughbred horse racing. Along with it, traditions of Southern charm. The Kentucky Derby Chocolate Pecan Pie is one of those delicious and decadent Kentucky Derby traditions.

Other traditions we love are the mint juleps, the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home,” the roses and trumpets. And, of course, the hats.

The Kentucky Derby food is an event all of its own. And one, we celebrate every year. Here are some ideas for Kentucky Derby Recipes with distinctive Southern charm. 

Kentucky Derby Pie History

Not too far from downtown Louisville, Kentucky, The Melrose Inn created history, a sweet history.

Sadly, it closed its doors in 2000. However, it will be most remembered as the home of the quintessential Derby-Pie®, a delectable desert forever entrenched in Kentucky Derby traditions.

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Fortunately, this pie is still available online and at area markets: https://www.derbypie.com.

This Kentucky Derby Pie

While the traditional Derby Pie is a copyrighted recipe filled with chocolate, pecans and Kentucky bourbon, the following recipe comes close. While some like to add butterscotch and caramel to their recipe, I’m a bit of a purist. Here is our version… and a family favorite.

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Kentucky Derby Chocolate Pecan Pie

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
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9” unbaked store-bought pie shell
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chocolate chips


Mix dry ingredients. Slowly add wet ingredients; eggs, vanilla, butter and corn syrup. Incorporate chocolate chips and pecans and pour into the unbaked pie shell. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes, or until filling is set.

Cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.


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